Megan Fox & Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer's Body
Megan Fox & Amanda Seyfried
From her earlier days and nights as a blogger and a pole dancer, screenwriter
Cody's Oscar-winning script for "Juno" revealed a highly stylized comic sensibility, as well as an arch-fiend of cleverness behind each turn of phrase.
Her second script to reach the screen is "Jennifer's Body," which, like its privileged title character both before and after demonic possession, would seem to have everything going for it.
And, yet, no.
Striving for horror, comedy and anti-mean-girl empowerment, built on an amusing indictment of just how far an ambitious alt-rock band might go to become famous, "Jennifer's Body" wants it all. Yet the tone wavers, the direction's slackly indecisive and visually drab, and in the middle of it is a thinly conceived antagonist played by
I suppose it's some sort of reverse-sexism, but with an estrogen-centric project like "Jennifer's Body," I expected something more, and more provocatively subversive. Jennifer is the designated pole star of Devil's Kettle, Minn., high school life. Her BFF is Needy (
Jennifer is not.
She is a compendium of every bullying personality trait known to young womanhood. When this sexually experienced but insecure woman becomes the victim of a Satanic ritual conducted by a traveling rock band fronted by Nikolai (
Cody hasn't figured out how to make Jennifer's initial loathsomeness interesting. The movie's partially redeemed by Seyfried, who makes her character more than a repository for audience sympathy. (Her make-out scene with Fox is handled with more suspense and care than anything else in the movie.) The scary material, by contrast, doesn't scare. The film is framed as an extended flashback narrated by Needy, who must take vengeance upon the boys who messed things up for her and Jennifer, and as it proceeds you're thinking: I hope this isn't just a story about a sweet kid figuring out that her stuck-up friend was toxic even before she had fangs.
"Jennifer's Body" Movie Trailer
When small town high school student Jennifer (Megan Fox) is possessed by a hungry demon, she transitions from being high school evil gorgeous (and doesnt she know it), stuck up and ultra-attitudinal to the real deal: evil/evil. The glittering beauty becomes a pale and sickly creature jonesing for a meaty snack, and guys who never stood a chance with the heartless babe, take on new luster in the light of her insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, Jennifers best friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), long relegated to living in Jennifers shadow, must step-up to protect the town's young men, including her nerdy boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons).
MPAA rating: R (for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use).
Running time: 1:41.
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